In was a contrast of two styles which both netted the same result – an exhausted scoreboard operator.
St. John’s Catholic Prep visited John Carroll on Friday night for a MIAA B Conference football game and both defenses were given the night off as John Carroll outlasted the Vikings, 50-44.
For John Carroll it was a power running game. The Patriots rushed for a school record for 438 yards. Fullback Kyle Miele ran 29 times for 184 yards and one score, while quarterback Ryan Kirby rushed 17 times for 165 yards and two scores.
John Carroll running back Brian Hunt carried the ball just 12 times for a more modest 74 yards, but he scored three touchdowns on the ground. Hunt also scored on a 38 yard pass from Kirby.
The Patriots run the same triple option attack employed by the Naval Academy and they rushed 64 times.
St. John’s took to air and did it well.
Viking quarterback Nick Peiffer completed 20-of-38 passes for 426 yards and six touchdown passes. DeShawn Weaver caught half of those tosses for 286 yards and three scores, while LaMont Wims had seven receptions for 107 yard and two touchdowns.
Dontaye Johnson also had four receptions for SJCP for 50 yards and one score.
John Carroll led 15-14 at the end of one quarter and then outscored the Vikings 21-8 in the second quarter to go to the half with a 36-24 lead. The Vikings won the second half, 22-14, but came up six points short.
These two teams have done this before. Last year in Frederick, John Carroll edged the Vikings, 42-41, in overtime. That’s 177 points in their last two meetings.